1. the 25th isnt redwood. it has a figured maple top (quilt or flame option if i remember correctly, i might be thinking of the 20th sr5 but i cant say for sure)
2. if you want diversity the 25th will give you more options than buying what essentially is another sr4hh with different woods
3. the redwood has a mahogany neck. keep that in mind if you are using it on stage. it will be a little less solid than a maple neck. i presume you have seen gibson guitars with the usual glue seem at the back of the headstock
4. no matter which one of them you get you will have an awesome instrument.
flats for the bongo!
roundwounds for the fretless!
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Thanks for the info about the 25th not being redwood. I'm leaning towards it, partly because of the variety you mention, but also because I'll probably be able to trade a Bass for it. The BFR is cash only.
Last edited by Bert; 03-27-2017 at 09:01 AM.
1979 StingRay natural maple
Wood shrinks more than plastic, so it's not rare
that a binding needs some attention. As to the
strength of a 'hog neck, the Gibson example is
worst case. EBMM necks have a some meat at
the volute. Gibsons do not, and so are famously
weak there. Gibsons have a tilt-back headstock
which is part of the problem. Acoarst one might
find that "MM vs Gibson" is kinda like comparing
watercress to watermellons .... but, I wouldn't
worry about gigging a 'hog necked EBMM :-)
Funny thing encountered was a GC "associate"
wailing away on a used Gibson bass. I asked if
he was checking out a trade-in and he replied
that he was. So I suggested he'd be better of
looking for telltale cracks near the nut than be
slapping and riffing.
Sooooo ..... he says "Yeah, I know about that
probem, but this one has never been smacked
.... look here!" And he showed me the back of
the headstock joint. What we both saw at one
quick glance was a gaping crack :-(
Just a typical visit to the local GC ......
Kinda weird that someone brought that in for
a trade-in. Deducting for the damage, unless
it's a reeeeal cold winter, there's no value in it.
Last edited by Golem; 03-28-2017 at 03:52 PM.
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SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL
"Too many basses is never enuf"
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Just curious....how did you filter it down to just these two basses that you're considering? What makes you interested in these 2?
They're both limited editions and both nice for sure. Probably the Redwood model is more rare - not sure if that is a factor.
Are the electronics different in that Redwood SR?
From my experience, the sound of the Reflex will be quite a bit different than the SR - it will have a much more flexible, powerful EQ and pickup combination and is more "hi-fi" sounding.
They're somewhat difficult to compare tone-wise as they're a fair bit different from each other.
Based on appearance alone I'd go with the Redwood SR.
Bongo 5H, BFR Roasted, Black Sugar
Bongo 5Hp Fretless, Mahogany, Roasted, Honey Burst
They didn't include another photo. I'd've taken more photos of the exact spot and included them in the email. In a world almost entirely driven by image, it must surely have occurred to them to disprove the accusation and enhance the prospect of a sale. I hope it's simple incompetence. If it's skullduggery, I'm bound to find out sooner or later :-)
But I won't be convinced until I see it in person, which may punt this one in to touch.
Last edited by Ox Boris; 03-30-2017 at 06:40 PM.
I haven't really narrowed it down so much as decided I'd like a real looker as my back up bass.
Because I live, as far as testing basses is concerned, somewhere just outside of Whoop Whoop I have to buy things unplayed. I fancied a Ric4003 but was very strongly advised to play one first, virtually impossible for me. However, I'm very happy with my StingRay, so I figured I'd stick closer to home for my show-pony bass.
Last edited by Ox Boris; 03-30-2017 at 06:41 PM.
Personally, I like the look of the 25th. But everyone has different taste. Also as mentioned previously, it will have more tonal options that are different from your current stingray.
You haven't mentioned price. Are they priced similarly or is there a big difference?
They're both about two grand Aussie.
One allows a trade with my Sandberg (and not a particularly good price offered for it) and is about $AU970 changeover (the BFR). The other is flatout cash and I'd have to sell mine first.
Never get a good price on a trade in. Can still try to sell on your own first and see how it goes. But the longer you wait the more chance someone else buys the bass first.